Knitting Comics

If you like webcomics, there’s a new one for knitters: The Knit Princess. It’s on the cute side, but the material will certainly be familiar to us knitters! It started very recently, so you’ll be able to catch up quickly.

Many of you will already have heard of Handknit Heroes from blogs or Ravelry. It’s a new superhero graphic novel with a knitterly theme.

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It took me a while to get used to this comic, as my comic book tastes have always gravitated toward Archie and his friends or $crooge McDuck. The drawing style is distinctly angular and strong; the female faces didn’t seem at all feminine, which initially bothered me. Now that I’m used to it, I think the style works well with the story.

My favorite part was the bulletproof test (I’m being vague on purpose to avoid any spoilers) which made me laugh out loud. We’re barely introduced to the main characters, twins Alex and Ana Miller, their mother Jen, and Ana’s friend Sue before the first chapter ends. My interest has been piqued and I look forward to getting to know them better as the series continue. (There seemed to be a “moment” between Sue and Alex, but it may just be my imagination!)

We can’t have a knitting comic without any patterns! Erssie Major designed the Hooded scarf (worn by Ana and partly visible on the front cover) included with this issue. What a great tie-in, showing a character wearing the knit garment! I’m guessing future issues will have 2 or more patterns each? (Edited to add: Nope, only one, see Stephanie’s comment below.)

My only concern with Handknit Heroes is the font/type. For example, I found it most difficult to read Alex’s thought boxes which have a red background. (Admittedly, my poor eyesight is a factor. Edited again: This is supposed to improve; see Stephanie’s comment below.)

Handknit Heroes is currently available by subscription, or your LYS may have copies. If you like comics or graphic novels, give this a try. :)

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10 Responses to “Knitting Comics”

  1. mrspao Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I never knew anything like that existed!

  2. kmkat Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Knit Princess is now in my Google Reader. Cute!

  3. Chris Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the links – I hadn’t heard of either of these! Hee hee – I wonder what the comic book store guys think when someone comes in to order that one…

  4. opal Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    oh how cool! thanks for sharing!

  5. Stephanie Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the great review!

    Each issue highlights one knitting pattern. It is Very Tempting to have 2 or 3 or 4 in there, but… no. One. Why? Well, space is an issue, certainly. And time– Marc draws the pattern into the storyline, plus he illustrates the pattern artwork. And money– 2 patterns means twice the cost for designers or half the money, and we don’t want to sacrifice the designers’ well-earned pay.

    But also, we really want the comic to highlight that pattern, and that designer, who gets cover credit, just like Marc and I do. 1-pattern-per-issue makes it easier for shops to kit together with yarn, and when you’re a brand new knitter, it is often very comforting to have just one thing to focus on and keep your attention.

    Which isn’t saying that later down the road we won’t expand our line or move in other directions, maybe even licensing rights from the designers for a pattern collection down the road. But for now, we’re focused on one pattern per issue.

    As for the text boxes: I agree. While it’s a fairly common standard in comic books, I’ve heard the red box/black text complaint quite a bit (even during pre-press– these are the best of the ones we drafted out at first). It’s even in the FAQ I put up on the site (http://www.comicknits.com/contact/faq.html). We’re fixing the boxes for Issue #2 while still preserving the red/black scheme as “Alex’s thoughts.”

  6. Tracey Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I saw this on Ravelry the other day. My interest is piqued!

  7. Miss T Says:
    February 5th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    My LYS just ordered the comic, and I can’t wait to pick one up!

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    February 5th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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